Antim review | Antim: The Final Truth Movie Review: A huge attempt at old Bollywood entertainment

Antim story: “Antim: The Final Truth” is the official adaptation of the hit Marathi movie “Mulshi Pattern”. The film revolves around the story of Rahul (Ayush Sharma), a young man from a small town, who ends up becoming one of the most feared land mafias in Pune. But on his journey to the top, he ended up making many new enemies and breaking the law. Who will catch up with him first – his crimes, his past, or the law of the land?

Antim review: With his first scene, director Mahesh Manjrekar sets the stage for the rebellious gangster story when Rahulia rushes to rescue his poor father, Satya (Sachin Khedekar), who is being beaten by an unscrupulous land mafioso. The same man also usurped their ancestral agricultural lands. What follows is Rahul’s quick transformation from an unemployed young man into a fearsome gangster, as Pune’s most powerful Nania Bhai (Upendra Limaye) takes him under his wing. But there is one problem. Inspector Rajvir Singh (Salman Khan), who knows how and when to use brains and muscle to clean the city of all malevolence – from naughty rapists and power-hungry politicians to gun-wielding Gundas.

It’s a tailor-made premise for a huge artist with room for hard work. But this one has more dialogues than dhishoom-dhishoom and that often hampers the speed of the story. Fortunately, there is a major plot twist in the first half itself that helps build and maintain momentum for a very important showdown in the second half. Dominantly pre-set in the Marathi realm, Manjrekar brilliantly captures the flavor of rural and urban Maharashtra through Karan Rawat’s superb cinematography, featuring wide-angle shots showing the city’s relentless growth. This is further solidified by the selection of several Marathi actors in important character roles. However, the film suffers from a plethora of characters and recurring struggles that prolong its runtime. Add to that, about four songs that feel just right and lack any semblance of melody.

Salman Khan is back in his cop photo and this time as a fearless Sardar. It is easy for Salman to portray the role of a policeman, as he plays in the show, rips his shirt and beats up bad guys. Aayush Sharma gets the look right with his sculpted body and makes an honest attempt to match Mojo Bhai. The actor has certainly come a long way since his first movie, trying hard to live Rahul’s pain and glory with conviction. It did work to some extent, but the film’s overall writing could have been tighter, less melodramatic, and pretentious. His chemistry with debutante Mahima Makwana, who plays Manda’s love interest, is somewhat absurd, and often dampens the film’s pace.

With (a little too) intense action and drama, Antim: The Final Truth checks some of the boxes for mass entertainment. It also highlights the issue of land appropriation by the mafia, who manage to break the law, because they are often on the side of politicians. So, if you fancy old Bollywood movies with a surplus of just about everything, Antim: The Final Truth might just be a movie of sorts.


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